Experience the Celebrity Series headlining debut of an artist you’ll be hearing about for decades to come. Conrad Tao is proving to be the ultimate success story, a one-time child prodigy meeting impossibly high expectations and emerging not only as a technically spectacular player, but also a significant composer, collaborator, and representative of classical music’s next wave. Tao is truly spellbinding at the piano, employing a level of impeccable, nimble dexterity—practically perfect, never mechanical—that is simultaneously thrilling and soothing to behold.
The scope of his musical world is seriously compelling, too. At the time of this writing, Tao’s planned repertoire is a wonderfully diverse selection of works by essential classical composers such as Bach, Schumann, and Beethoven; modern geniuses John Adams, Jason Eckardt, and Fred Hersch; plus a couple of his own originals, including a brand-new work. Such an unusually expansive list might seem unfocused at first glance, but closer examination will reveal how characteristically thoughtful it really is.
Conrad Tao/John Adams l Improvisation / “China Gates”
Jason Eckardt l Antennaria plantaginifolia, "Pussytoes,"
Johann Sebastian Bach l Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV641
Conrad Tao l Grids of E
Robert Schumann l Kinderszenen, Op. 15
Fred Hersch l Pastorale (Dedicated to Robert Schumann)
Conrad Tao l new work
Ludwig van Beethoven l Piano Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110
Seating for this performance is limited. This performance is not eligible for group discounts.
“…shaping the future of classical music”New York Magazine
“…It’s refreshing when today’s virtuosos not only match or exceed the abilities of their predecessors, but also reveal without any hint of pretense that they’re human.”Cleveland Classical